27th October 2018 - 9:30am to 2:30pm
Are you writing a book for publication but unsure of how to find an agent? This intimate half-day event with four literary agents will give you insider knowledge on how to submit your manuscript to an agent, what they’re looking for and how to grab their attention. This event is specifically for writers with manuscripts aimed at children, ranging from YA, middle grade to picture books. With a networking lunch and a chance for a one-to-one with the agent of your choice, you’ll receive direct feedback on how best to hook your agent.
Held in the historic literary surroundings of Bloomsbury at Bloomsbury Publishing 50 Bedford Square, London and home to children's fiction authors including Katherine Rundell and J.K. Rowling, this is your chance to get noticed.
9.30-10.00 Morning refreshments and a chance to meet fellow members of the group you will be attending the morning sessions with.
10.00-10.40 A how-to session on knowing when your novel is ready, finding the right agent and what to include in a submission package.
10.45-11.25 Advice on how to pitch your novel (a short exercise where you can talk about your own work is included in this section).
11.30-12.30 Agents discuss what appeals to them in a submission, with real examples and case studies from both successful and unsuccessful submissions.
12.30-1.00 Both groups will come together for an open networking session with drinks and lunch
1.00-2.30 You will have a 10-minute one-to-one session (the last session will begin at 2.30) with one of the agents and an opportunity to try out the pitch for your book, ask questions and receive feedback.
Davinia Andrew-Lynch - ANDLYN
Davinia is the founder of ANDLYN, a boutique agency dedicated to children's fiction and content. The aim of the agency is to find authors whose material can not only exist on the page but can also find an outlet through other media territories. Davinia was previously an associate agent at a highly reputable film and television agency, and worked simultaneously as a freelance children's fiction editor and reader for various publishers, literary agencies, consultancies and scouts.
ANDLYN are actively looking for new talent and want to discover stories that will smack them between the eyes and capture their hearts. They welcome picture books, middle grade, young adult and cross-over fiction alongside non-fiction material and represent both writers and illustrators
Ben Illis - The BIA
Ben is the founder of The BIA, a small literary agency focussing on finding and nurturing new writers for middle grade and up, and growing them internationally and across a wide range of media platforms. Members of #TeamBIA have won The Costa Children’s Book Award, The Scottish Teen Book Award, The Times Chicken House Prize and the MsLexia Children's Book award, among others, and been shortlisted for both The Carnegie and The Branford Boase too. Books on his list have become Number One bestsellers and sold into languages from Hungarian to Hindi, via Lithuanian, Brazilian Portuguese and Mandarin, and been acquired for adaptation for Film, TV, stage, audio original, radio transmission and graphic novelisation.
A proud former geeky bookish kid himself, Ben is equally proud to be part of a new wave of over-grown geeky bookish kids, helping to ensure that the next crop are given ample inspiration to dream big, walk in others’ shoes, learn about the world(s) around them and be inspired to view them in exciting and innovative ways. If he knew what he was looking for, Ben likes to think he would write it himself, but the truth is he wants stories that inspire him, told by voices the like of which he has never heard before; stories that make him laugh or cry (or both) and leave him seeing things just that little bit differently. Ben wants to be transported wide-eyed to magical and mysterious places, and, perhaps most of all, to need to read just one more chapter under the covers by torchlight before some proper grown up clocks it’s way past his bedtime and tells him off.
Julia Churchill - AM Heath
Julia Churchill joined A.M.Heath in 2013 to run the children’s department, after four years building up the UK side of the Greenhouse Literary Agency, and six years at the Darley Anderson Agency where she started the children’s book side of the list. She represents some fabulous writers like Sarah Crossan, Jo Nadin, Cat Clarke and Jenny McLachlan, but is always on the lookout for new writing talent. Julia is looking for debut and established authors with storytelling magic, from picture book texts right up to YA fiction.
Hannah Sheppard - DHH Literary Agency
Hannah Sheppard studied English Literature at the University of Liverpool where she set up a small poetry press in her spare time. She has since spent over a decade working in trade publishing: first at Macmillan Children’s Books and more recently running Headline Publishing Group’s YA and crossover list where she published Tanya Byrne's critically acclaimed Heart-Shaped Bruise.
She joined the D H H Literary Agency in 2013 because she realised that being an agent gave her more time to do what she loves most – using her editorial experience to help writers develop their ideas for commercial success. Hannah represents authors across children’s fiction (from 9+ including teen and YA) and a small number of adult fiction authors (her main interests are thrillers and romance). Hannah does not represent picture books. She likes stories that push the boundaries, have a strong voice and, often, a dark edge – although she’d love to find a great contemporary romance too.
The price for this event is £175, including lunch and the opportunity to purchase a copy of the latest edition of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook or the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook at a discounted price.
Bookings can be made by either clicking on the 'Book' buttons at the top and bottom of this page, or by calling 0207 631 5985.
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